Oregon failed to contain the Beavers’ running game, which posted 310 net yards including 4 TDs on the ground, and pasted 34 points on the scoreboard. OSU scored 13 points in the 4th quarter alone and consumed 11:18 of the clock, effectively keeping the Oregon offense sidelined, helpless, and scoreless.
As has been the case for the entire season, Oregon’s defense was abominable, showing no signs of improvement as a unit or a collection of individuals. The defensive line, to a man, were manhandled and pushed around with seemingly little resistance, with Beaver backs Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce combining for 227 yards, while QB Marcus McMaryion added another 81 rushing. Tackling was possibly as bad as it’s been all season, with defenders failing to wrap up and in more than one instance, being driven off the line by Mr. Nall who required multiple Ducks to stop him. The defense lost this game, as much as Oregon State won it.
Oregon’s offense was, at best, inoffensive, rushing for 171 yards and 1 TD, while Justin Herbert completed 17/29 passes for 213 yards and 2 TDs. Given a chance, they might have put up some points in the 4th quarter. The defense failed to provide the opportunity, and everyone went home cold, wet, and miserable. Except, of course the OSU Beavers.
Oregon’s coach as of this moment remains Mark Helfrich, who throughout the game appeared as uncertain about his team as his future, and as grim as he gets by game’s end.